Ch 2: ESL Listening for Literal Comprehension

About This Chapter

Improve your listening skills with video lessons and quizzes on diction, transitions and signal words. You can also study strategies for identifying a conversation's main point and understanding instructions.

ESL Listening for Literal Comprehension - Chapter Summary

Get some help developing your listening comprehension skills with video lessons covering the different types of diction and the effect of word choice on the style of an individual's speech. You'll also learn to identify transitional phrases indicating the start and conclusion of a conversation or the transition from one topic to the next.

Words signaling agreement or disagreement between two people are covered as are strategies you can use to identify the main point of a conversation and distinguish between fact and opinion. You'll also get tips for understanding instructions with lessons on the following:

  • Diction and style of speech
  • Transition and signal words
  • Listening strategies for conversations
  • Tips for listening to and following instructions

In addition to transcripts, this chapter includes illustrated videos with listening activities you can play over and over again until you feel confident in your comprehension skills. There are also multiple-choice quizzes that link back to video content to help reinforce your understanding of each lesson's main ideas.

6 Lessons in Chapter 2: ESL Listening for Literal Comprehension
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How Diction Influences the Style of a Speech

1. How Diction Influences the Style of a Speech

Audience understanding has much to do with the speech writer's word choice. Diction involves an accurate, appropriate and understandable selection of words to better convey the meaning of a speech.

Transitions & Signal Words in Listening

2. Transitions & Signal Words in Listening

When you're listening to someone speaking English, paying attention to transitions and signal words really pays off. Here are some tips with examples of how these words are used in conversations.

Listening for Agreement & Disagreement

3. Listening for Agreement & Disagreement

Listening for agreement and disagreement can be tough if English isn't your first language. Here are some tips and practice questions to help you make it work.

Listening for the Main Point

4. Listening for the Main Point

In this lesson, you'll get some tips on listening to a passage of spoken English for the main point. Don't get bogged down in the details; focus on what's really important!

Listening for Facts and Opinions

5. Listening for Facts and Opinions

You may know that facts are concrete observations, whereas opinions are thoughts on those observations. But have you ever thought about how people hide opinions in facts? This lesson explains how.

Listening and Understanding Instructions

6. Listening and Understanding Instructions

Even for adults, listening and following instructions can be harder than it sounds, and for many students, it can seem daunting. In this lesson, explore several tips and tricks for increasing listening and teaching instruction comprehension.

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